Embodying the Open Ground



Relax and open into the somatic experience of resting the mind into natural embodiment and awareness.


Offering You A Fully Guided Experience

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Embodying The Open Ground is a path of practice developed by Dr. John Churchill over the last two and a half decades, inspired by the embodied meditative approaches of the Indo-Tibetan traditions.

It is a contemporary approach to realization and the heroic altruism of the bodhisattva path that integrates Western psychological, somatic, and esoteric understanding with contemplative Mahayana essence psychology, offered in a guided path that reveals the fundamental embodied truth of interconnectedness, openness, non-duality, and the wholeness of experience.

Designed specifically for the psychosomatic and cultural conditioning of Western aspirants, whilst deeply grounded in Buddhist psychology, the practices work with the deep underlying life intelligence of the body and matter so as to allow the path of practice to reveal itself through the relaxation and release into the unborn.

Grounded in a non-dual yogic understanding of body, breath and consciousness this approach to practice calms the mind, and opens one to the heartfelt ground of being while simultaneously healing the deep split between mind and body that makes stabilization of recognition easier. This practice leads us from identification with the reactivity of the personality to the realization of our essence as a vast ocean of awareness; love that transcends and includes this body and mind. 

Meditation then becomes not only a formal practice but also a way of living and viewing the world, which informs the whole of how we live, work, and love. 

These body meditations are unique. They help calm minds, open hearts, and reveal awareness, yet also heal the deep split between mind and body and the conscious and unconscious mind, allowing you to ‘ground’ back into the present moment. All these practices are offered to support revealing the natural awareness that is the essence of being human.

John's teaching of Embodying the Open Ground combines a strong grounding in the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience, integrated with the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions and the wisdom of their direct transmission lineages. This provides Westerners of all levels with simple, profound and clear access to the deepest spiritual traditions.

You will learn to:

  • release the stress and tension of your modern life

  • calm your thoughts & open your heart

  • work with the ground and earth as doors into boundless open awareness

  • listen to gravity as an immediate teacher of freedom

  • experience sensation as an easy door into natural non-dual awareness

  • explore the gates (chakras) and channels of openness to rest in natural effortless meditation


Daily Schedule

Wednesday, October 9th | 6pm-9pm

Thursday, October 10th-Saturday, October 12th | 9am-12:30pm, 2:30-6pm (2 hour lunch)

Sunday, October 13th | 9am-12pm | 1-3pm (1 hour lunch)

Lunch breaks 12:30-2:30pm on all full days. Shorter breaks offered throughout the day.



Please join us for this transformational opportunity to rest deeply into the calming and joyful experience of awareness.

Full Price $695/ Early Bird $635 (through 9/6/19)

You will be re-directed to our host’s registration page in Mindbody. If you have not visited the studio before, you will need to create a new account.

Retreat Terms & Conditions:

25% of the tuition is a non-refundable deposit. If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the retreat, you will receive a 75% refund.

No refunds or credits for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the retreat start date.

Indra’s Grace Yoga Studio in Weatherford, TX

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Our hosts for the week

Indra's Grace, located in Weatherford and Fort Worth, TX, is a conscious community committed to spreading the teachings of traditional Yoga and Meditation. Their mission is to offer integrative, well-rounded, and expanded practices from many Yogic traditions to support their students and contribute to raising human consciousness to benefit all sentient beings. 

Owner, Sandra Vanatko, is a long-time student of John’s, and her profound experience of remembering her own true nature under his guidance inspired her to bring these teachings to her community.


The world needs you to awaken...

Now more than ever, the world needs us to wake up and recognize the precious opportunity in this lifetime to elevate human consciousness.  The teachings of the Buddha reveal a path to escaping the noise and suffering of attachments. Embodying the Open Ground honors the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience, the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions, and the deep wisdom of the body. This week is the perfect opportunity to experience the expansion of the heart and exploration of the mind in a fully supported setting.